Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert to Feature Performance By TSO Live to Film

Daily Dose  |  07/09/2018 10:00 am

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will present the Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert featuring a screening of the complete 1977 film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film. The concert will be led by acclaimed conductor Steven Jarvi, Interim Artistic Director of the Charlottesville Opera and former Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony.

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects, and iconic musical scores composed by John Williams.

Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved film in a live symphonic concert experience, when the Star Wars: A New Hope debuts on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Huntington Center.

“We are thrilled to present the original Star Wars film at the Huntington Center,” said Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “The music and movie are iconic, and this event will be one of the many ways that we will celebrate our 75th Anniversary with our community. The sound will be massive, the screen will be massive, and we hope that the audience will be massive!” Vassar added, “These types of ‘movie play-alongs’ have become increasingly popular with audiences, and May the Fourth has become a big holiday among Star Wars fans. When the opportunity to be part of this project came along, we jumped at the chance. This will be a great night, and I hope we’ll all take a few memories home with us.”

Legendary composer John Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope for which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. His scores for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the JediStar Wars: The Force Awakens and most recently Star Wars: The Last Jedi were each nominated for Best Original Score.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and 23 Grammy Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most nominated living person and the second most nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney.

In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams' score to 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to A New Hope also was preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry, for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009, and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. Box Office.

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Huntington Center. Toledo Symphony subscribers can purchase tickets now. Tickets start at $27 and will go on sale to the general public beginning August 1, 2018. Tickets are available at, by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419-246-8000, or stopping by in person at the Toledo Symphony or Huntington Center Box Offices.

For more information, please contact Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony at [email protected] .

The Star Wars: Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music.

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